Some People Think That All University Students Should Study Whatever They Like

Some people think that all university students should study whatever they like. Others believe that they should only be allowed to study subjects that will be useful in the future, such as those related to science and technology.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 10 Test 2 Writing Task 2.

Sample Essay

Some people feel that all college students should study subjects they are interested in, while others claim that only the ones that will benefit their future should be allowed. I agree with the former viewpoint because students can increase the likelihood of having a successful career if they study subjects they like.

On the one hand, it is a good investment for students to study courses that will be useful in the future. Many people take on huge student loans to go to college. By earning a technology-related degree, for example, they can increase their chances of getting high-paying jobs, since tech giants such as Google and Facebook have high demand for this type of talent. In this way, they can pay off their debts and even go on to live a comfortable material life. However, I think not everyone is talented in technology. If they are forced to study related disciplines, they may fail to graduate, which would be a great waste of their college loans.

On the other hand, those pursuing subjects they have a passion for are more likely to succeed in their careers. When a student is truly passionate about what they study, they will put in more effort than their peers, and be more likely to become expert (Here, “expert” is an adjective.) in those subject areas. Therefore, I think all university students should have the freedom to pursue their passion in college so that every one of them can have the opportunity to become successful in the career they love.

In conclusion, although studying disciplines that will be useful in the future may be a good investment, I believe all students should follow their passion when choosing a major because this can improve their chances of career success.

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Task Response

Note that the question says “all university students should study whatever they like”. Thus, we need to address “all”. Read the red part in the essay to see how I addressed it.

How to Vary Your Language

Study whatever they like
  • Subjects/Disciplines/Courses they have a passion for
  • Subjects they are passionate about
  • Subjects they are interested in
Subjects that will be useful in the future
  • Subjects that will benefit their future
Subjects related to science and technology
  • Scientific and technological subjects
  • Technology-related degrees

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